Lucknow, Feb 21 (PTI) Union minister Smriti Irani today lauded the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh over the law-and-order situation and said it had earned worldwide praise because of the improved scenario in the state. Also Read - Underwear Theft Leads to Murder in UP's Kanpur Dehat | Read Here

Addressing a session on “Employment and investment opportunities in textiles and handlooms” at the UP Investors’ Summit-2018 here, Irani said, “I congratulate the Yogi government for the law-and-order situation, on which it worked. Due to the improved scenario, the Yogi government has earned worldwide praise.” Stating that in the days to come, the textile sector in Uttar Pradesh would be seen as a “composite growth engine”, the Union textiles minister said the re-classification of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) had helped the sector, which was all set to witness growth. Also Read - UP Police SI Recruitment 2021: 9534 Vacancies Announced | Check Posts, Qualification, Pay Details Here 

Talking about the trade facilitation centre set up in Varanasi at a cost of Rs 250 crore, Irani said, “Due to the inspiration from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we not only laid the foundation stone, but also started the centre.” She added that in line with the prime minister’s call to develop the India Handloom Brand, her ministry had registered 71 projects from Uttar Pradesh itself and provided 6.25 lakh identity cards to artisans from the state under the “Pehchan” scheme. Also Read - Mother Beheads Her 13-month-old Baby, Kills Self in UP's Bulandshahr

Advising the state government to set up a yarn depot, Irani said it would “directly benefit the industrialists here and they will be able to manufacture competitive products.” Praising the efforts of the BJP government in the state for organising the summit, the minister said, “I have never seen this enthusiasm among those associated with the textile sector. It is an indication that the sector is going to be the next employment engine in Uttar Pradesh.” For facilitating exporters, Irani suggested that the Uttar Pradesh government set up an “international warehousing centre” and said, “Handicrafts should also be associated with e-commerce, so that national and international buyers can purchase them.” She also said jute-growers should be given certified seeds and stressed on jute diversification for the benefit of the farmers.

Earlier, state minister Satyadev Pachauri said memorandums of understanding (MoUs) worth Rs 7,000 crore were signed in the textile sector at the summit and called upon the industrialists to establish their businesses in Uttar Pradesh, while assuring them of “all help from the state government”.

“Those who have left the state should come back and those from outside are welcome to start a venture here,” he said.

Mukul Singhal, Principal Secretary, Textiles, Uttar Pradesh government, talked about the key points of the state’s new handloom policy in his address.

“The investors’ summit is an opportunity to showcase Uttar Pradesh’s potential. We have resources. Now, we have to create an economic system that is favourable for investments. Previously, law-and-order was a matter of concern, but strong and major initiatives have improved the situation,” he said, adding that the power scenario and work culture in the state were also conducive for investments.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.